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FFC Athletes Race in USA Triathlon National Championships!

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Several of Fitness Formula Clubs’ top athletes and staff raced in the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships in Milwaukee, WI over the weekend of August 8-9, competing against over 5,000 of the nation’s top triathlon athletes. Below are the highlights from members of Fitness Formula Club’s TriMonster triathlon club who raced in the Olympic distance event:

  • 34th in Age Group – Matt Peterson
  • 92nd in Age Group – John Stender
  • 103rd in Age Group – Masumi Yoneyama
  • 105th in Age Group – Chris Navin
  • 114th in Age Group – Amanda Butz
  • 128th in Age Group – Lara Dugas

Just one day later, over 25 FFC athletes also competed across Lake Michigan at Ironman 70.3 Steelhead, finishing as the #2 team overall as part of the Ironman Tri Club competition, narrowly missing winning the team competition for a second time in three years!

FFC’s TriMonster triathlon team will be competing in several other major triathlons over the next few weeks, including the Chicago Triathlon, Ironman Wisconsin, and ITU World Triathlon Chicago. Be sure to come out and root them on with some FFC pride and support!

Want to join the team?  Contact endurance@ffc.com if you are interested in racing or volunteering and follow TriMonster Triathlon Training on Facebook at fb.com/trimonsters  for more information on races and other upcoming events.

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How To Maximize Your Mental Performance

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HOW TO MAXIMIZE YOUR MENTAL PERFORMANCE

Most days require us to be at the top of our A game mentally. Whether it’s writing the perfect maid of honor speech or preparing for a medical school exam, we need our focus to be at its peak.

Here’s how to get your head in the game…

Night before:

  • Treat yourself to a mini spa service. Spray on lavender aromatherapy body mist to relax.
  • Get to bed before ten. Sufficient sleep will help you retain your thoughts.

Morning of:

  • Start your morning w/ positive affirmations to set the tone for the day. My personal favorite: “A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset”.
  • Walk it out. Go for a brisk 30-minute walk to get the blood flowing.
  • Add-on a mug of hot water w/ fresh lemon alongside your usual AM coffee. Here’s why: water comprises >75% of our brain, making it essential for mental clarity.
  • Hack your coffee. Add 1 tsp of cinnamon to enhance concentration + 1 tbsp of coconut oil to boost cognitive performance.
  • Load up on omega-3’s to boost memory. Make smoked salmon + avocado sprouted toast. Studies have shown that 25 grams of protein is ideal for breakfast as it helps with production of dopamine, the “focus and productivity” neurotransmitter.

Blog courtesy of Fitness Formula Clubs Registered Dietitian Jessica Dogert RD, LDN, CPT. Contact Jessica at jdogert@ffc.com

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Member of the Month

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Congratulations to Clara Campbell, FFC East Lakeview’s August Member of the Month! We wanted to get to know a little more about Clara, so we asked her the following questions.

What does membership at FFC mean to you?

It was apparent from day one that I made a great decision when I joined FFC. Throughout my years as a member the entire staff has always made me feel very welcomed here and offered a high level of customer service. The trainers I have worked with have been top notch, and given me every training tool and motivation I need to succeed with my training goals The fitness classes which I participate in keep me interested and motivated to be here. All of this has been a godsend in the effort to improve my mobility and strength following multiple knee and spinal surgeries. In addition, I have met wonderful people at the club and a few of them have become close personal friends.

Where can we find you at FFC?

I’m not one who likes to work out on motorized machines, so you will find me in a fitness class. While Zumba is my favorite, Hydro-fit is the heart and soul of my fitness regimen. The primary reason I chose FFC East Lakeview was to engage in a water exercise program. I totally credit Hydro-fit as the reason that I have been able to restore, condition, and reshape my body beyond my wildest expectations. With the increased confidence and unrelenting motivation in what I could do as a result my fitness regimen has expanded. Other classes I love to attend are Zumba, B.A.S.IC, and Restorative Pilates.

You work out to what?

Look good in a bikini at my age. In all serious, being in the best physical condition I can has helped a great deal in coping with some of the effects of chronic illness. When I’m working out at FFC I feel on top of the world.

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Fun Run!

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HAVE FUN! GET CRAZY! SCORE BIG!

You’re in for one mind-blowing evening of FREE, prize-tastic fitness FUN when you join runners LIKE YOU for the nation’s BIGGEST group fun run at your Chicago Road Runner Sports retail store! Enjoy 60 minutes of FUN as you run (or walk) at your own pace & collect FREE raffle tickets along the way. Then meet new friends while scoring up to $3,000 in FREE raffle prizes!

So, grab your friends, family & coworkers & join the ADVENTURE… RSVP TODAY!

https://rrschicagoadventurerun.eventbrite.com

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Grocery Shopping Tours

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Plum Market and FFC have partnered to offer you Complimentary Grocery Shopping Tours Every Tuesday in August, 6:30 – 8 PM!

Join FFC Registered Dietitian, Jessica Dogert and gain hands-on experience in how to make healthy food choices throughout the grocery store. Plum Market Old Town Chicago, and the WineBar is located at 1233 North Wells, Chicago IL 60610. Click here to register. Space is limited.

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Women’s Self Defense Seminar

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Alpha Krav Maga Chicago in association with FFC would like to present to all FFC members a “Women’s Only, Dangerously Cute” defense seminar being offered at the Old Town FFC located at 1235 N. LaSalle.

 

Sunday, August 30th

9:00am-12:00pm

$49.00 for Krav Maga & FFC Members

$59.00 for non-members

 

This seminar will teach woman how to defend against would be attackers, weapon defense, rape prevention and learn many of the advanced Krav Maga techniques used by today’s law enforcement and Israeli Defense Forces.

 

We encourage all women to come and learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones from unwanted situations that we never expect.

 

Space is limited. Early registration is recommended. Call 847-279-2780 or 312-474-0210 to reserve your spot.

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August Spa Specials

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Life In Balance

Therapeutic massage and clinical skin care are essential complements to your physical fitness and wellness. The Spa at FFC commends your commitment to finding the balance in your life on a daily basis.   Summer Exclusive: Receive two 60-minute massages, or one 60-min Massage & one 60-min Facial for just $149 (reg. $180).

*Both massages/facials in package must be used within 60 days of purchase by one individual; non-transferable. Offer expires 8/31/15.

 

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Receive any spa service of $25+ this month and get $5 back in Spa Bucks.

 

Refer a friend and we’ll give you $10 in Spa Bucks!*

 

Plus! 15% off Brazilian or Back Waxing, Monday thru Thursday

Stop by The Spa or go to https://ffc.com/spa/ and reserve your appointments today.

 

* You may refer as many friends as you like but max Spa Bucks for referrals in August is $30. Must provide a valid email address.

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Chicago Sport and Social Club

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In Chicago, we work hard and we play harder. Whether playing in our sports leagues or coming to an event, we’re proud to have you on our team. Check out one of our upcoming social events or get your team registered for Fall leagues before they sell out! Our Fall League offerings include: Flag Football, Softball, Indoor Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball and many more! Chicago Sport and Social Club…it’s what Chicago does.

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Free Injury Screenings by NovaCare

novacare-best-chicago-gym-physical-therapyDid you know NovaCare is located inside seven of our nine clubs?

During an injury screening, you can let them know if you have something major or minor, and they’ll assess you to let you know if there are things you can do on your own to improve, or if it’s serious enough to require further attention. Please don’t be shy! Stop by their table in the club during one of the following demonstration times, or stop in during normal business hours for a free consultation.

FFC East Lakeview – Tuesday, July 28, 5:45-7:15 pm

FFC Halsted Street – Tuesday, July 28, 5:30-7:30 pm

FFC Oak Park Tuesday, July 21, 5 – 7 pm

FFC Union Station  – Wednesday, July 29, 12 – 2 pm

FFC West Loop – Wednesday, June 22, 4:30 – 6 pm

Stop into these locations for a walk in anytime during normal business hours!

FFC South Loop 

  • Monday/Wednesday: 7 am – 7 pm
  • Tuesday/Thursday: 11:30 am – 7 pm
  • Friday: 7 am – 2 pm
FFC Lincoln Park 
  • Monday/Tuesday/Thursday11:30 am – 8 pm
  • Wednesday: 7 am -12 pm
  • Friday: 7 am – 3:30 pm
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Bright Pink FitFest

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On Sunday, September 20, Bright Pink® is bringing its signature event, FitFest, to FFC Union Station! Read more about the cause and the event, here!

FFC is hosting special classes* to raise funds and awareness in anticipation of the big event! 
  1. Check out all the fun options and reserve your spot by clicking on the club location below.
  2. Show your donation receipt upon entry!
  3. BONUS: Make a donation August 1 – August 9 and receive a 21-day FFC Membership to gift to a friend! (Gift membership redemption link will appear in your donation receipt email.)
Please come to any and all of the available classes, even if it’s not located at your home club!  *A minimum $10 donation is required
  • Gold Coast
    • Thursday, August 20. 5:45 – 6:30 pm. Total Body Blast Team Teach Antonio Coke and Lois Miller
  • Lincoln Park
    • Wednesday, August 5. 6:15 – 7:15 pm. Rooftop Ride with Keith Kimble and Jennifer Dahl
    • Tuesday, August 25. 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Formula 94 with Kristin Strom and Lois Miller
  • Union Station
    • Sunday, August 16. 12 -1:15 pm. Dance JAM Workout with Dominick DeFranco, Anthony May and Milton Hughes
  • West Loop
    • Friday, August 14. 5:306:45 pm. Formula 94 with David Bohn and Lois Miller

Can’t attend one of these classes and still want to support your club? Click the link below to make a donation:

FitFest is a fundraise-to-participate event. All funds raised fuel Bright Pink®’s free life-saving breast and ovarian health programs offered nationwide.
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Get in Here!

Get In Here

If you haven’t tried our Spa services lately, you’re in for a truly unique therapeutic experience. Our therapists are among the most educated and talented in Chicago and are here to help you work out those overused muscles, problem areas, chronic issues and old injuries. Whether you are going elsewhere for your massage or are one of our VIP customers, visit us in July and take $15 off any service of 60 minutes or more.
*Stop by the spa for additional specials and offers throughout the month. This offer expires on July 31, 2015 and may not be combined with any other discounts or packages.

20% Off Brazilians and Back Waxing
Make it a carefree, hair-free summer.  Come to the spa for a Brazilian or a Back Waxing anytime in July and August and you’ll save 20%.

Cool Deals this month at the Spa
During the month of July, come in for an appointment before 3 pm Monday through Wednesday, either booked online or walk-in, and receive:
30 minute Massage or Facial for $39
60 minute Massage or Facial for $69
90 minute Massage for $99
20% Off Waxing Services
Signature Vitality Treatment for just $109
*Check with your spa or front desk for availability. This offer expires July 31, 2015 and may not be combined with any other discounts or packages.
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Win Lollapalooza Tickets!

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Our partners at KIND are #kindawesome! Click here and enter to win a pair of Lollapalooza Three-Day General Admission Passes. Enjoy all three days of the festival and the entire lineup.
KIND is the official bike corral sponsor at Lollapalooza and they want to share some love. Join us for the following SPIN YOUR WAY TO LOLLA classes and receive a KIND Gift Bag* when you attend.
FFC West Loop
Tuesday, July 14
12 pm Spinning Interval
6:15 pm Spinning Interval
FFC Oak Park
Saturday, July 18
7:15 am Spinning Interval
8:30 am Spinning Interval
*First come first serve. While supplies last.

 

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Member Appreciation Party!

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Join us Friday, July 10 in the 3rd floor lobby throughout the day to enjoy snacks and refreshments provided by Whole Foods! There will also be a special guest DJ appearance, raffle and volleyball pool tournament! Keep a look out at the club for more details, or contact General Manager Jason at jhammers@ffc.com to sign up for volleyball.

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Tips for a Better Barbeque

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Summer in Chicago doesn’t last long, so bring out the grill and enjoy cooking outside for the next few months! Grilling is a low fat, healthy way to cook meat, vegetables, fruit and everything in between. Invite a few friends over and follow these easy tips to grill your way to a healthy summer.

Think outside of burgers and hot dogs
Cooking your own food gives you the ability to decrease calories and fat without sacrificing taste. Mix ground turkey with an egg, breadcrumbs, seasonings and red onions OR marinate chicken in balsamic vinaigrette before grilling. These easy preparations add flavor and nutrition. You won’t even miss the calories!

You can even be creative with what you throw on the grill. Vegetables can be drizzled in olive oil and lemon juice and tossed on the grill for an easy side dish, or fruit can be cooked at high heat to bring out their natural sweet flavors.

Our favorites: Grilled pineapple rings to put on top of teriyaki salmon OR grill halved peaches for a healthy and delicious dessert.

Go whole grain, or skip the bun altogether
Make sure all bread items say “whole grain” as their first ingredient on the label. Try a whole grain English muffin or sandwich thin instead of the whole bun. Consuming whole grains as part of a healthy diet may reduce the risk of heart disease. They also provide fiber for satiety, and several B vitamins, iron, and magnesium and energy. If you’re looking for something even lighter, wrap your burger in a lettuce leaf and enjoy your sandwich without regret!

Our favorite: Top a turkey burger with tomato and guacamole and wrap in lettuce. You won’t even miss the bun!

Make friends with foil and skewers
Tinfoil packs and skewers are two great ways to cook almost anything on the grill. Just fold the foil around your food tightly so nothing falls out OR combine meat and vegetables on skewers – place on the grill to heat up, and enjoy.

Our favorite: Combine chicken and bell pepper on skewers and marinate in honey balsamic dressing!

*When using wooden skewers, soak in water overnight or for at least an hour before grilling. Be careful when using metal skewers, they get hot!

Keep the sides light and fresh
The sides can be the real killer at parties, so make sure to keep yours light and refreshing! Try cold fresh fruit, mix up a salad with summer veggies or make a light quinoa salad for everyone to enjoy. Replace the mayo in coleslaw with vinaigrette for a lighter take on the old classic.

Our favorite: Stir together cooked quinoa, shaved Brussels sprouts and dried cranberries, top with a mixture of fresh squeezed orange juice, olive oil and red wine vinegar.
Courtesy of Amy Silver, RD, LDN, CPT. Contact Amy at asilver@ffc.com.

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Chicago Sport and Social Club Leagues

 

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HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT!

Named one of Chicago’s best parties by NBC Chicago, the Volleywood Beach Bash includes energizing DJs and a featured live performance, a huge beer garden and grill, the city’s only VIP Day Club, interactive activities and of course – Chicago’s BIGGEST beach volleyball tournament.  This event SELLS OUT every year so don’t wait to register!  Click here to purchase tickets to the bash or visit http://www.chicagosocial.com/sport/2012-volleywood  to register your team for the tournament!

Join Chicago Sport and Social Club (CSSC) this summer! CSSC is the largest organizer of adult sports leagues, social events and tournaments, where 100,000 active, affluent, and connected young professionals play hard and have a lot of fun. Sign up to meet your new best friends!

 

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Welcome New Staff!

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FFC East Lakeview would like to welcome the newest addition to John’s team, personal trainer Brad White! Contact Brad for a free 30 minute consultation to see how his specialties in weight loss, post-rehabilitation and toning will work for you! bwhite@ffc.com.

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Happy Fourth of July!

american-flag-best-chicago-gymIt’s summer in Chicago. And it finally (sort of) feels like it! Join us for a class or workout during modified holiday hours before your weekend of fireworks and festivities. Follow the links below if you need some extra ideas for fun to fill your weekend. Have a safe and happy Fourth!

Friday, July 3

  • All clubs close at 8 pm

Saturday, July 4

  • East Lakeview, Gold Coast, Halsted Street, Lincoln Park, South Loop: Close at 3 pm
  • Oak Park: Closes at 2 pm
  • West Loop: Closes at 5 pm
  • Old Town, Union Station: Closed

Sunday, July 5

  • Regular hours

Navy Pier fireworks
Neighborhood festivals
The Cubs are in town
And so are the Sox
Other things to do
And a few more

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FREE Injury Screenings

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Did you know NovaCare is located inside seven of our nine clubs?

During an injury screening, you can let them know if you have something major or minor, and they’ll assess you to let you know if there are things you can do on your own to improve, or if it’s serious enough to require further attention. Please don’t be shy! Stop by their table in the club during one of the following demonstration times, or stop in during normal business hours for a free consultation.

FFC East Lakeview – Tuesday, June 30, 5:45-7:15 pm

FFC Halsted Street – Tuesday, June 9, 5:30-7:30 pm AND Tuesday, June 30, 5:30-7:30 pm

FFC Lincoln Park – Thursday, June 18, 5-7 pm

FFC West Loop – Wednesday, June 24, 4:30-6 pm

FFC Union Station – Wednesday, June 17, 11 am – 1 pm

Stop into these locations for a walk in any time during normal business hours!

FFC South Loop 

  • Monday/Wednesday: 7 am – 7 pm
  • Tuesday/Thursday: 11:30 am – 7 pm
  • Friday: 7 am – 2 pm

FFC Oak Park

  • Monday/Wednesday: 7 am – 2 pm
  • Tuesday/Thursday: 3-8 pm
  • Friday: 7-11 am
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Farmers’ Fresh Smoothies

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It is finally that time of year again. After a long, seemingly endless winter, warm weather has arrived! With it comes all of the great Chicago Farmers’ Markets. With the abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables and artisanal foods, we often find ourselves looking for fun and unique ways to use up all this fresh produce. Smoothies are a quick and convenient way to use up some of those extra fruits and veggies, and cool off when the mercury starts rising.

What makes for a good smoothie? See below for my list of five smoothie-building rules.

Rule #1: Use as many (or more) veggies than you do fruits.

Why? Fruits, while chock-full of antioxidants, are also full of sugar, so use them in moderation. Adding vegetables will help boost the nutritional component, without adding too much to the sugary bottom line.

Rule #2: Add a protein source to your smoothie.

Why? Fruits and vegetables are nutrient powerhouses, but they are often lacking in the amount of protein we need to feel full and build muscles during the day. Try one of these:

  • Plain Greek Yogurt! Nonfat averages 100 calories with 17 grams protein per 6 ounces.
  • Cottage Cheese! 1% averages 81 calories with 14 grams protein per 1⁄2 cup.
  • Tofu! Soft tofu averages 71 calories with 7.6 grams protein per 1⁄4 block.
  • Protein powder! While it varies by brand, many average 80-120 calories and around 20 grams protein per scoop.

Rule #3: Don’t forget about the fat!

Why? Carbs, check! Protein, check! Now, what about the fat? Yes, there should be healthy fat in your smoothie to make it a “balanced meal.” Incorporating fat into your smoothie is particularly important because fats help your body to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K). Try one of these for a healthy fat fix:

  • Nut butters! Average about 100 calories per tablespoon with around 8 grams of fat.
  • Avocado! Approximately 117 calories and 10.7 grams of fat are in 1⁄2 cup sliced avocado
  • Oil! Are 40 calories and 4.5 grams of fat per teaspoon.
    • Canola, safflower and grapeseed oils are relatively flavorless and good sources of unsaturated fat. Flaxseed oil is a great source of omega-3 fatty acid.

Rule #4: Pick the right base for your health and wellness goals.

Why? Different smoothie bases will change the nutrition (and caloric) content of your smoothies, so be sure to select a base that is in line with your nutrition goals:

  • Unsweetened almond milk! Has 30 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 1 gram of protein, and 1 gram of carbohydrate per cup, making it ideal for a low-calorie, creamy base.
  • Soy milk! Has 110 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 8 grams of protein and 9 grams of carbohydrate per cup, making it a great base to add extra fat and calories to your smoothie.
  • Skim milk! At 91 calories, 8 grams of protein and 12 grams of carbohydrate per cup, skim milk is a great smoothie base to boost the protein and carbohydrate content of your smoothie, without adding fat.
  • Water and ice! Completely calorie-free, water is a great way to thin out a smoothie without adding any extra calories, if that’s your goal.

Rule #5: Make any extra additions count!

Why? If you are still looking to boost the nutritional content of the smoothie you’ve made with rules 1-4, here are a few additions to consider:

  • Ground flaxseed! At only 39 calories per tablespoon, ground flaxseed packs a nutritious punch. And it’s full of omega-3 and fiber.
  • Cocoa nibs! 1 ounce of cocoa nibs has approximately 130 calories and plenty of minerals such as magnesium, iron, copper, zinc and potassium, and also provides antioxidants.
  • Oatmeal! In for a particularly long and intense workout? You’ll need additional carbs to fuel you, so try grinding 1⁄2 cup dry oatmeal into a powder to add 29 grams of carbohydrates and 4 grams of cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber to your smoothie.

Courtesy of Carla Schmitz, RD. Contact Carla at cschmitz@ffc.com.

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Summer Spa Specials

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Spa Bucks are back!

June 6-21, receive $10 in Spa Bucks for any service of $30 or more for use on your next visit! Inquire at the spa for more information.

Father’s Day is just around the corner!

Show that special man in your life some love with a relaxing or invigorating massage and/or a results oriented skincare treatment just for men. Spa packages also make great gifts for the recent college graduate or that special someone in your life. Book online today.

You’re The Best

  • Two (2) 60 minute massages of your choice for $149

OR

  • Two (2) 90 minute massages of your choice for $199

Mini Vacation

  • One (1) 60 minute massage and one (1) 60 minute facial for $149
  • **Not available at FFC East Lakeview or FFC Halsted Street

Love Ya

  • One (1) 30 minute massage and one (1) 30 minute facial for $115
  • **Not available at FFC East Lakeview or FFC Halsted Street
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Get Summer Beautiful

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FFC now proudly carries La Bella Donna makeup. Many mineral makeup lines use inexpensive fillers and are not made of 100% pure minerals. La Bella Donna is a high quality skincare line that just happens to be a gorgeous cosmetic.

This month get 10% off ALL La Bella Donna purchases. Stop by the Spa or Ortanic for a complimentary makeup consultation!

Beautiful Healthy Summer Hair

We always talk about our skin when it comes to keeping it soft and hydrated, especially throughout the summer months. But what about our hair? The sun’s intense summer rays, and the heat and humidity can do some damage to our hair and make it dry, frizzy and unmanageable. It can sometimes even change the color of our hair. There are a few things we can do to help stop that process or even prevent it! Here are some ways to keep your hair soft, shiny and silky throughout the summer months.

Let’s start with washing your hair. Most of us don’t need to wash our hair every day, and shouldn’t. Our scalp produces sebum, which moisturizes your scalp naturally and keeps it hydrated. Try to skip a day in between washes, and when you do wash your hair, wash your scalp only and then rinse. The shampoo you have on top will make its way down to your ends as you rinse. And that is all you need, since shampoo can also be very drying.

Next step: conditioner. Make sure you only put conditioner on the ends of your hair. You can rub just a little on the top of your scalp, but it’s really unnecessary. The oils that our scalp produces keeps the top of our head fully conditioned naturally. That’s why the hair on top of our head is a lot healthier than our ends. Putting conditioner on the top of your head can also make your hair greasy faster.

Just like we use masks on our face, we also need to use masks on our hair. Try to at least once a week. You can purchase one, or you can make one yourself. When purchasing, look for one that has a lot of protein ingredients and Keratin to make your hair shiny and strong. Your best bet would be to leave in it overnight, then shampoo and condition in the morning. The results are amazing! Now if you are someone who would like to try to make your own hair mask at home, here is a good protein filled mask that will do wonders for your hair, especially if you do it once a week.

Ingredients:

  • ½ banana
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 egg whites

Directions:
Blend, apply and leave on for at least 30 minutes. Then rinse off. The protein packed egg whites help strengthen hair. Especially the split ends.

Most of us blow dry, straighten and curl our hair. This isn’t bad, as long as you are using a heat protectant before you do so. It will seal your hair and protect it from the heat to make sure it doesn’t dry it out and make it frizzy.

Start these steps now to make sure you have beautiful healthy hair before the summer comes! And of course come in to get your Ortanic tan. Warm weather is just around the corner.

Courtesy of Kat Maj, Ortanic Coordinator. Contact Kat at kmaj@ffc.com.

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CORE4 Challenge Summer Camp

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Summer is here…  And that means it’s time for summer camp!

Life Skills Educators’ Two Week CORE4 Challenge Summer Camp includes fun, hands-on learning of the CORE4 skills (Finances, Fitness, Food and Friendship) around exciting team challenges, activities, games and field trips to partner locations. Campers are grouped into teams and rotate through the CORE4 skills, spending two days in each area, learning as they take on challenges and competitions.

CORE4 team challenges include:       

  •         Writing and recording original music
  •         A “Master Chef” Competition
  •         Designing a Youth Fitness Program
  •         And many more!

Team building and leadership skills are practiced while gaining self confidence in a fun, safe and nurturing environment. On the final day, all teams come together to work on a community service project.

Camp Sessions (Monday-Friday, 9 am – 3 pm):

  • June 22 – July 3
  • July 20-31

REGISTER NOW at LifeSkillsEducators.com. Enter promo code: FFC15 to save 15%!

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Pilates 30 Day Core Challenge

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Are you up for a challenge?! Then we want you to try Pilates and strengthen your core in 30 days!

It all starts with a punch card
May 1 – May 31, attend special Pilates classes, in a group or one-on-one. For each session, get punches to your card (One punch for each mini session or group Mat Pilates class. Two punches per paid-for Pilates session). Each card has five possible punches. Fill it up, win a prize. Then get another card. The more you do, the more you win! Prizes include:

  • 2 guest passes
  • Pilates tank top
  • 1 group apparatus class
  • 1 raffle ticket for The Grand Club Prize!

In addition to your club’s regularly scheduled group exercise and paid for group apparatus Pilates classes, each club has added some specialty Core Challenge classes! Below is a list of all three options at each location.

FFC East Lakeview
Tuesday: 7 am*, 12 pm*
Wednesday: 10:30 am
Thursday: 12:15 pm*, 6:15 pm, 7 pm*
Friday: 9 am (pool)
Saturday: 10:45 am

FFC Gold Coast
Monday: 9:30 am($), 12 pm, 7:30 pm($)
Tuesday: 6 am, 7 pm
Wednesday: 9:30 am($), 10 am (pool), 11 am, 6:30 pm($)
Thursday: 6 pm*, 7 pm($)
Friday: 12 pm
Saturday: 8:15 am

FFC Halsted Street
Monday: 6 pm, 7 pm($)
Tuesday: 6 pm* (May 19)
Wednesday: 10:15 am, 6 pm
Thursday: 5:30 pm* (May 28)
Friday: 6:30 pm($)
Saturday: 11 am, 12 pm* (May 30

FFC Lincoln Park
Monday: 8:30 am*, 5:30 pm, 5:45 pm*, 7 pm($)
Tuesday: 7 am*, 10:30 am*, 5:15 pm*, 6 pm($), 7 pm($)
Wednesday: 6:30 am*, 5 pm*, 5:30 pm*, 6:30($)
Thursday: 9:45 am, 10:30 am*, 12:30 pm*, 5:30 pm
Friday: 10:30 am*, 6:30 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am($), 10:30 am*, 11 am($), 11:45 am*
Sunday: 9 am* (May 17), 10:30 am*

FFC Oak Park
Tuesday: 9 am, 6 pm, 6:45 pm*
Wednesday: 12:45 pm*
Thursday: 10:15 am
Friday: 12 pm, 1 pm*
Sunday: 12 pm, 1 pm*

FFC Old Town
Monday: 8:30 am, 6 pm*
Tuesday: 5:45 pm, 7 pm($)
Wednesday: 6 am*, 6:30 am($)
Thursday: 5:45 pm, 6:30 pm($)
Friday: 11 am, 5:30 pm($)
Saturday: 11 am*

FFC South Loop
Monday: 7 am, 9 am($), 5:45 pm, 6 pm* (May 25), 6:30 pm($), 7:30 pm* (May 25)
Tuesday: 12:30 pm* (May 19), 5 pm* (May 26), 5:30 pm* (no May 26), 6:30 pm($)
Wednesday: 12:30* (no May 27), 5:45 pm, 6 pm*, 6:30 pm*
Thursday:  12 pm, 12 pm($) – May 28, 5:30 pm($) – May 21
Friday: 6:30 am*, 5:30 pm*
Saturday: 10 am($), 12 pm, 2:30 pm*, 4 pm*
Sunday: 2:30* (no May 17), 4 pm*

FFC Union Station
Monday: 1 pm*, 5:30 pm
Tuesday: 6:30 am*, 7 am*, 1:30 pm*, 5 pm*, 5:30 pm*
Wednesday: 6:30 am*, 7 am*, 4:30 pm*, 5 pm*
Thursday: 11 am*, 11:30 am, 12 pm*, 12:30 pm*, 1:30 pm*, 4:45 pm, 5:30 pm*, 6 pm*
Friday: 6:30 am*, 7 am*, 12:30 pm*, 5:30 pm*

FFC West Loop
Monday: 1:30 pm*
Tuesday: 1:15 pm*
Thursday: 7 am*
Saturday: 1 pm*

$30 for members
* indicates special Core Challenge class, ($) indicates paid for apparatus class

Please see your club’s Pilates Coordinator, or contact Kristin, Regional Pilates Manager, at kstrom@ffc.com, for more details!

 

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Native Foods Mother’s Day Giveaway!

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This Mother’s Day, give the gift of healthy nutrition! We’ve paired up with Native Foods to bring you an easy-to-enter, awesome-to-win sweepstakes!

The winner will receive:

The contest closes at 11:59 pm Sunday, May 10. Enter to win here.

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Chicago Marathon Training

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“If you can run a mile, you can run a marathon.” And if you can’t run a mile, we’ll help you get there!

Whether it’ll be your first or fifteenth, if you have a marathon on your mind for 2015, you should join the TriMonster 18-week training program! For $80 per month, you’ll receive training that includes weekday tempo runs and track workouts, weekend long runs, strength training, nutrition and injury prevention clinics, social outings, and unlimited support for the Chicago Marathon and other fall long-distance events.

If you didn’t win the lottery to run the streets of Chicago in October, consider joining one of our charity partners, which automatically guarantees your entry! Team Bright Pink, Team to End AIDS and the American Brain Tumor Association’s Team Breakthrough are all waiting for you to join their teams to run together for many great reasons!

For more information, please visit http://ffc.com/endurance-running/, or email Coaches Chris and Cassidy at endurance@ffc.com.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll!

Looking for a rockin’ summer race?  Our friends at Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago want you to save!  Register with the following codes to run July 18-19FFCHALF ($15 off the half marathon), FFC10K ($10 off the 10K) or FFC5K ($5 off the 5K).  Join the party and sign up today!

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Celebrate with a Spa Package

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Save $15 on our FFC Signature Massage or Vitality Massage Treatment!

Your muscles will reap the benefits of high quality organic oils and aromatherapy, warm packs and energizing techniques in both of these Signature services. In the Vitality Treatment, we add Hot Stones and an exfoliation treatment to leave you feeling just like new!
Valid through 5/31/15.  May not be used with another discount

Celebrate Mother’s and Father’s Day with a Special Spa Package*

You’re The Best

  • Two (2) 60 minute massages of your choice for $149

OR

  • Two (2) 90 minute massages of your choice for $199

Mini Vacation

  • One (1) 60 minute massage and one (1) 60 minute facial for $149
    Not available at FFC East Lakeview or FFC Halsted Street

Love Ya   

  • One (1) 30 minute massage and one (1) 30 minute facial for $115
    Not available at FFC East Lakeview or FFC Halsted Street

Baby Moon

  • One (1) 75 minute Mellow Mama Massage and one (1) 60 minute facial for $165
    Offers valid through 6/15/15. No two discounts apply. Services may be completed on different days. Packages expire one year from date of purchase

FFC Member Exclusive: Get a FREE Airbrush Tan with the Purchase of any Package Above!  ($47 Value!)
Airbrush tan must be used by 6/30/15.  Airbrush tan may be used by purchaser or gift recipient.

STAY TUNED!

Join us for a special event: Botox Party With Dr. Julian Dixon of Chicago’s Face Cosmetic Spa!  Thursday June 4, 6-8 pm at the FFC Gold Coast Spa.  For more information, email Regional Director of Spas and Retail, Lisa Ellis, at lellis@ffc.com.

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Get Summer Ready!

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Let Ortanic put the finishing touch on any outfit for all of your Spring and Summer events. This monthly only, get five (5) Custom Airbrush Tans for $185 ($50 savings)! Book your appointment today!
Offer expires 5/31/15. May not be used with another discount. Packages expire one year from date of purchase.

Lauren Parente is BACK with Ortanic! She is available Wednesdays at FFC Lincoln Park! Call 312-337-1244 or book with her online.

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FREE Injury Screenings

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Every one of us is an athlete in our own right. We show up, we do the work, we sweat, we get sore. Our bodies deserve to be taken care of for all the pressure we put on them to perform.

Our partners at NovaCare, located right inside most our clubs, are here to help! During an injury screening, you can let them know if you have something major or minor, and they’ll assess you to let you know if there are things you can do on your own to improve, or if it’s serious enough to require further attention.

FFC Union Station:  Wednesday, May 13, 12-2 pm
FFC West Loop: Wednesday, May 20 , 4:30-6 pm
FFC Halsted Street: Thursday, May 21, 5:30-7:30 pm
FFC East Lakeview: Tuesday, May 26, 5:45-7:15 pm

FFC South Loop, FFC Oak Park and FFC Lincoln Park will be open for walk-ins all month long. Don’t be a stranger!

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Anti-Inflammatory Foods

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Acute inflammation is the immune system’s innate, protective response to injury or infection, but when it becomes a chronic issue, inflammation can wreak havoc on the body. In fact, inflammation is linked to seven of the 10 leading causes of death and disability in the United States, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and kidney and respiratory diseases. Over time, it can affect almost all areas of the body:

  • Bones, joints and connective tissue: Arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia
  • Brain: Depression, poor memory, cognitive decline, dementia
  • Eyes: Age-related macular degeneration
  • GI tract: Inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, GERD, gallbladder disease
  • Heart: High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke
  • Kidneys: High blood pressure, edema, kidney failure
  • Liver: Decreased ability to remove toxins
  • Lungs: Asthma, allergies
  • Muscles: Muscle pain, weakness, carpal tunnel
  • Skin: Wrinkles, acne, rashes, eczema, psoriasis

While age may be partly to blame, the majority of factors contributing to chronic inflammation relate to our lifestyle choices. Smoking, skimping on sleep, stressing too much, having a sedentary lifestyle and being overweight all play their parts, and a poor diet can add fuel to the fire. Certain foods have been shown to aggravate the inflammatory response, but fortunately for us, there are also many foods that help to fight it. Check out the list below for foods to choose, and foods to avoid, to help keep your body healthy by keeping inflammation at bay.

Pro-inflammatory (avoid):

  • Trans fats – Foods containing hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil, such as baked goods, fried foods, chips, popcorn, doughnuts and margarine
  • Sugar – Your favorite sweet treats and sodas are obvious culprits, but watch out for the sugar hiding in your yogurt, granola bars, cereal, juice, dried fruit, condiments, salad dressing, tomato sauces, soups and “low-fat” foods
  • Refined carbohydrates – White flour (bread, pasta, crackers), white rice and instant potatoes
  • Alcohol – Beer, wine and liquor are all irritants
  • Omega-6 fatty acids – Refined vegetables oils (e.g., safflower, soybean, sunflower, corn), margarine and grain-fed meat
  • MSG (monosodium glutamate) – A flavor enhancer predominantly found in prepared Asian cuisine, but may also be added to salad dressings, deli meat, prepared soups and fast food
  • Gluten – The protein found in wheat, rye and barley
  • Artificial sweeteners

Anti-inflammatory (go for it!):

  • Fatty fish – Salmon, tuna, sardines, herring and mackerel are all high in inflammation-fighting omega-3s
  • Leafy greens – Thanks to their high levels of the antioxidant vitamin E, dark leafy greens such as kale, collard greens, spinach, mustard greens and chard are great for combating inflammation
  • Nuts – Almonds, walnuts and pistachios provide beneficial fiber, vitamin E and omega-3s
  • Soy – Edamame (soybeans), tofu, tempeh, and soy milk contain isoflavones that have been shown to reduce inflammation
  • Fermented foods/drinks – Plain yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kombucha are all rich in probiotics, which are great for reducing gut inflammation
  • Colorful fruits and vegetables – Beets, tomatoes, peppers, berries, grapefruit, tart cherries, pomegranates, broccoli, Brussel sprouts and many others are rich in beneficial antioxidants
  • Herbs and spices – Turmeric, ginger and cinnamon are natural anti-inflammatory agents that also add flavor without adding sodium
  • Onions and garlic – Many studies show that the main phytonutrient in these foods, allicin, works similarly to NSAIDs to reduce inflammation
  • Olive oil – Healthy plant-based fats make this oil one of the best you can use!

Blog post courtesy of Carrie Linke, MS, RD, LDN. We will miss Carrie deeply and wish her well on her new adventure back home to North Carolina!

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May SCUBA Certification

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Have you ever dreamed of swimming alongside the beautiful, exotic aquatic life in the crystal blue waters of the continental coasts (or anywhere, for that matter)? Dive into your deepest adventurous desires and get SCUBA certified!

Guaranteed to provide the utmost safety and success of your dive training experience, Fitness Formula Clubs and Captain Darrick Lorenzen’s Divemax Scuba Schools, rated Number One SCUBA training agency in the Midwest, organize and guide fundamental dive training during various sessions throughout the year.

All individuals considering enrollment must attend a complimentary orientation*, then complete your basic skills course**.

*Orientation from 6-7:30 pm

  • Tuesday, May 5 at FFC Halsted Street
  • Wednesday, May 6 at FFC Union Station
  • Thursday, May 7 at FFC Lincoln Park

**Basic Skills Course

  • FFC Union Station: Saturday, May 9.
    • Class in Spin Studio: 7:30 am – 12 pm
    • Pool time: 1-4 pm
  • FFC Union Station: Saturday, March 21, 7:30 am – 4 pm

For more information, or to confirm your attendance at the free orientation, please contact Captain Darrick at 773-732-8972 or captdarrick@divemaxscuba.com. Special scheduling can be accommodated. Additional fees apply for open water dives and equipment. Non-members welcome!

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Fit Fido Cancelled

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Due to the outbreak of Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) throughout Chicago, May’s K9 University Fit Fido event has been cancelled.

CIV is highly contagious. If you have questions about your dog’s health, or suspect (s)he might be sick, please contact your vet immediately.

Stay tuned to your club’s Facebook page for details on the makeup date.

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Welcome Christopher!

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FFC East Lakeview and FFC Halsted Street would like to welcome our newest massage therapist, Christopher Pierce! He is a 2010 graduate of Cortiva Institute, specializing in a myofascial approach to massage, using slow, deep pressure to warm up the body, along with trigger point therapy and neuromuscular techniques to facilitate healing in problem areas.

Stop into your club’s spa to say “Hi!” You can book your appointment with Christopher at FFC East Lakeview  here, or at FFC Halsted Street here.

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Pool and Whirlpool Repair Update

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We regret to inform you that we have experienced a delay in the re-opening of the pool. We expect to re-open the pool on Wednesday, May 1.
The full repairs of the whirlpool will take an additional two weeks to complete, so we plan to re-open the whirlpool by mid-May if everything goes as planned.
We appreciate your loyalty and patience through this process. If you have specific questions or concerns regarding this matter, please feel free to contact your General Manager, Jason, at jhammers@ffc.com.
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Read Our Blog!

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We are so excited to officially launch our FFC blog! In it we cover everything from fitness and nutrition to wellness, community and recreation, with individual club neighborhood features sprinkled throughout.

Check out our fitness staff’s favorite 30-minute workouts and try our registered dietitians’ own recipes. Get the skinny on the best healthy restaurants and fun events in your neighborhood. Find answers to your well-being questions, like why you aren’t seeing the results you expected from your exercise routine or how exercise can really benefit your health.

If you see a topic you particularly love, let us know! If you see something missing that you’d like to know more about, let us know! The posts are primarily written by members of the FFC staff, but we welcome member input, as well!

While we can’t accept all submissions, we welcome your ideas. If you have feedback or want to contribute, please contact Allie, Social Media and Communications Coordinator, at akuopus@ffc.com.

 

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New Spring Group Fitness Schedule

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The new Spring schedules begin Monday, April 6! Spring is a time of renewal, so get ready to “Spring” into a whole new you! We have some new classes on the docket to help you inject a little spunk into your routine.

Hang 10 – Our newest seasonal signature class incorporates bodyweight exercises with glide discs as your primary piece of equipment for a fun, challenging cardiovascular and strength workout.
PiYo – This fun and challenging full-body workout fuses the muscle-sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility advantages of yoga.
Trippin – Get back to basics and brush up on your jump rope skills with intervals of bodyweight, core and muscle conditioning exercises integrated with 1–2 minutes on the rope.

Visit http://ffc.com/group-fitness/ for an updated list of classes. You can search by club, instructor and class format.